Sitaula to take over election command, not contest election
Krishna Prasad Sitaula looks set to be asked by Nepali Congress (NC) to not contest in the upcoming election and take over the command of election mobilization.
NC leaders want that one of the senior leaders should take over the command and not contest the election, which can be a distraction, as the party needs effective election strategy and mobilization after CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) forged a left alliance.
An NC leader told Setopati that the responsibility can be handed over to former general secretary Sitaula due to his expertise in electoral strategy and mobilization. "There is possibility of him taking over the command remaining a candidate for proportional electoral system," the leader added.
NC is negotiating to forge a democratic alliance with RPP and other parties to counter the left alliance. Sitaula is from Jhapa-2 that is one of the constituencies that RPP is demanding in ticket sharing for the alliance. RPP's youth leader Rajendra Lingden had finished second to Sitaula in the second Constituent Assembly (CA) election. RPP had won two rural municipalities that constitute the same constituency in the recent local election.
Speaking to Setopati, Sitaula, however, dismissed it as rumors and claimed that there has been no talk in the party about handing over the election command to him. "You make assumptions and comment on that basis. The party has formed a parliamentary committee and different meetings of the party have been held but there have been no such talks and the party president has also not told me about that. The reports about me not contesting the election are mere rumors," he claimed. "RPP may have demanded the constituency in the task force formed for alliance and NC representatives may have said they will talk within the party. But the reports about me not contesting the election are false," he added.